Cavani malaise becoming a concern for PSG and Uruguay

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Julian Finney/Getty ImagesPSG striker Edinson Cavani's ill-timed dip in form has coincided with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's injury.

Edinson Cavani's recent loss of form for Paris Saint-Germain is starting to become a major concern for the French champions. Following a disappointing performance in the 2-0 UEFA Champions League second leg defeat against Chelsea -- where he missed a gilt-edged second half chance -- the Uruguayan put in another wasteful showing in the 1-0 defeat away to Olympique Lyonnais last weekend.

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Those two losses were PSG's first consecutive defeats in all competitions since December 2012. Continue Reading...

Hard questions asked of PSG after Lyon defeat

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PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty ImagesEdinson Cavani was once again ineffective in his team's second-straight loss, this time at the hands of Ligue 1 foe Lyon.

Paris Saint-Germain fell to only their second Ligue 1 defeat of the season against Olympique Lyonnais at the Stade Gerland on Sunday, going down 1-0 and increasing the pressure on coach Laurent Blanc. The Frenchman has come under fire because of the nature of the French champions’ UEFA Champions League exit to Chelsea earlier in the week and Jordan Ferri’s lone strike condemned PSG to a second consecutive loss in all competitions.

Rightly or wrongly, the Parisian tactician’s head now appears to be on the block, with a win in next week’s Coupe de la Ligue final -- against OL again -- now an absolute must. Continue Reading...

Champions League postmortem should not be grim reading

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AllsportBlanc is in his first season as PSG manager.

With Champions League action over for another season, Paris Saint-Germain get back to Ligue 1 duty on Sunday when they travel to the Stade Gerland to take on Olympique Lyonnais.

Almost 12 months on from sealing a first French title in 19 years with a 1-0 win over Lyon, PSG will be back in the Rhone-Alpes looking to do the same to secure the capital club’s first-ever consecutive titles. A win, coupled with a Monaco loss at Rennes, would seal things.

There is a danger that there will be a continental hangover, though. Continue Reading...

Naive PSG made to pay ultimate price by Chelsea

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Julian Finney/Getty ImagesEdinson Cavani missed chances and played out of position on Tuesday and Chelsea punished PSG for his lapses.

LONDON -- For a second consecutive season, Paris Saint-Germain exit the UEFA Champions League on away goals. Last campaign it was Barcelona, going out 3-3 over both legs after conceding twice at home. This time it was one goal that undid them at home -- although it was also 3-3 at the end of the tie.

Ultimately, Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba's goals were enough for Chelsea to overcome the 3-1 first-leg deficit with a 2-0 win on Tuesday night, but the end of PSG's continental adventure evokes mixed feelings. Continue Reading...

PSG's moment of truth at Chelsea

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Javier Pastore alt celeb PSG ChelseaGettyImagesJavier Pastore scored a magical goal to seal a 3-1 win over Chelsea.

Paris Saint-Germain arrive in London with a 3-1 lead to protect in their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Chelsea, facing a moment of truth that will determine whether the French champions will go one step further than last season’s showing against Barcelona. Laurent Blanc’s men impressed in the first leg, although there was room for improvement, but the Blues’ away goal means that this last-eight tie is far from over.

The first meeting was a test of PSG’s ability to hold their own at this stage in Europe against a team with greater experience. Continue Reading...

Lucas Moura sparkles as PSG down Reims

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Paris Saint-Germain stretched their impressive winning streak to 11 matches in all competitions, eight in a row in Ligue 1, with a comprehensive 3-0 win over fading European hopefuls Stade de Reims. The dominant victory moves the champions-elect 16 points clear at the top of Le Championnat, with just six matches left to play.

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Should second-placed AS Monaco fail to beat FC Nantes on Sunday night, that means PSG could be confirmed as French champions for a second successive season (for the first time in their history) as early as next week. Continue Reading...

Is King Zlatan’s crown about to slip at PSG?

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Jean Catuffe/Getty ImagesCan the unsettled Edinson Cavani step up in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's absence?

In the 66th minute of Paris Saint-Germain’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash with Chelsea on Wednesday, the moment that every PSG fan (and likely coach Laurent Blanc too) has been dreading this season finally arrived.

Star striker and the team’s biggest contributor to domestic and Europe success, the seemingly indestructible Zlatan Ibrahimovic, crumpled to the Parc des Princes turf clutching his right leg.

On Friday, the club announced that the super Swede had suffered a thigh injury against the Blues, but the French champions’ president Nasser Al-Khelaifi had already gone on radio the day before and declared to RMC that the 32-year-old will miss “a minimum of four weeks. Continue Reading...

PSG pass first major European test with Chelsea win

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Jean Catuffe/Getty ImagesEzequiel Lavezzi led the attack as PSG made a statement in Europe.

PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain emphatically answered the sceptics who had doubted their UEFA Champions League credentials going into Wednesday’s quarterfinal first-leg clash with Chelsea, thanks to a rousing 3-1 win. What made the victory all the more impressive was that it came largely without the influence of the French champions' star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was taken off injured in the second half.

A special atmosphere greeted the players when they entered the field, with the PSG supporters and the travelling Chelsea contingent creating a tremendous sense of occasion. Continue Reading...

Chelsea to provide litmus test of PSG’s UCL credentials

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"Just how good are Paris Saint-Germain?" That has been the most frequently asked question when discussing this season's potential UEFA Champions League winners since PSG destroyed German side Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 at the BayArena in the first leg of their last 16 tie.

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Those calls have intensified since the French champions drew English Premier League side Chelsea in the quarterfinals, with the first leg set to take place at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday. Continue Reading...

PSG prepare for Chelsea by stretching Ligue 1 lead

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Edinson Cavani celeb solo PSG vs NiceGettyImagesEdinson Cavani celebrates after forcing Thimothee Kolodzieczak into scoring an own goal.

Paris Saint-Germain recorded a seventh straight Ligue 1 victory at Nice's Allianz Riviera on Friday, a ninth consecutive win in all competitions, to move a provisional 13 points clear at the top of le Championnat. It was a warm-up for next week's UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash with Chelsea for the French champions, but they did not make it easy for themselves. Timothee Kolodziejczak's 52nd-minute own goal was enough to settle a dull encounter.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc opted to make a small handful of changes to the side that scraped another 1-0 win in Lorient the week before. Continue Reading...

PSG travel to Nice with Chelsea in mind

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John Berry/Getty ImagesZlatan Ibrahimovic could find himself on the bench against Nice.

Paris Saint-Germain travel to Nice on Friday to take on les Aiglons in Ligue 1 at the Allianz Riviera, their final chance to prepare for next week's UEFA Champions League first-leg clash with Chelsea. The French champions go into the match 10 points clear of closest title rivals AS Monaco and could stretch that to 13 with a win over Claude Puel's side, which would be the largest gap between the top two all season. With an eye on next week's European commitments, though, that task is likely to be more difficult than it looks on paper. Continue Reading...

To Messi, or not to Messi? The PSG dilemma

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Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty ImagesPSG's Ezequiel Lavezzi, right, has suggested that Argentine countryman Lionel Messi, left, would fit in well at the French club.

Paris Saint-Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi was recently interviewed by TF1 and the Argentine international raised an intriguing prospect for the French champions: signing Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

"Why not? Anything's possible in football now, even though he's strongly identified with a team," the 28-year-old answered when questioned about the possibility. "There are times when you're tired, you want a change of scenery, so why not? It's certain a club like PSG could attract a player like Messi. Continue Reading...